Rural Resources Survey in Colorado
Pilot project in Baca and Phillips Counties
With funding from the Colorado Historical Society’s State Historical Fund and Preserve America, Colorado Preservation, Inc. is beginning a survey of rural resources in Eastern Colorado, starting in Baca and Phillips Counties. Agriculture has been predominant in the economy of the eastern portion of the state since settlement, but no comprehensive survey of agricultural resources has been conducted. Documenting the rural resources of Eastern Colorado is essential to understanding, preserving, and interpreting the built history of the region as well as laying a foundation for preservation planning, heritage tourism, and economic development.
This project will start with a reconnaissance-level survey of all rural built resources more than 50 years old in Baca and Phillips Counties. These resources will be ranked based on visual impressions of integrity and significance, and 20 of the highest priority resources each county will be then be surveyed at an intensive level. Survey reports will summarize the resources identified and present an overview of the county’s development along with recommendations for additional preservation activities including further survey, National Register nominations, and the incorporation of resources into heritage tourism programs. Colorado Preservation, Inc. will share survey results with the public through the production of brochures highlighting historic resources identified in each county, loca presentations, and webpages with photographs and additional information on the county’s historical resources.
The farms and ranches, as well as the railroad facilities that transport their products to market, are an intrinsic part of the heritage and character of Eastern Colorado. The survey will include residences, barns, irrigation structures, railroad resources, agricultural processing and storage facilities as well as schools, churches, and crossroad communities.